Coronavirus vaccines encourage bipartisanship.
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged unvaccinated Americans to get their shots so that they “don’t die” from COVID-19 “if they get it.”
More than 157 million Americans – roughly 48 percent of the population – have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of July 4th.
“We’re in the red zone on vaccines, but we’re not quite in the end zone yet,” McConnell said. “And I want to say again: there’s no good reason not to get vaccinated. We need to finish the job. And I know there is some skepticism out there, but let me put it his way. It may not guarantee you don’t get it, but it almost guarantees you don’t die from it if you get it. And so I will continue to emphasize the importance of finishing the job on vaccinations.”
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Meanwhile, speaking from the White House, President Joe Biden offered a softer touch, asking the public to reflect upon the last year and to do their “patriotic duty” to protect themselves and others by getting inoculated against the coronavirus.
“We are emerging from one of the darkest summers in American history into a summer of hope and joy, hopefully. Think about where you were last year, where you are today, what you were able to do last year at this time and to do today. It’s a year of hard-fought progress,” the president said.
“We can’t get complacent now. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family and the people you care about the most is get vaccinated,” Biden sternly continued. “The best thing communities can do to protect themselves is to increase vaccination rates. You can do this. You can do this. Let’s finish the job, finish it together. God bless you all and please, please get vaccinated. It makes a big difference. As I said, it’s a patriotic duty.”
Watch below via Mediaite:
"We can't get complacent now."
President @JoeBiden urged unvaccinated Americans to get the shot, asking them to "think about where you were last year" and to compare "what you're able to do last year at this time to today." pic.twitter.com/IEtsPZzIzQ
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) July 6, 2021
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.